Roel Alcudia

  • Blogs

    July 8, 2014

    Tasting Menus: Miami's Gateway to the Big Leagues

    Perfectly ironed white tablecloths are topped with open glass orbs holding fresh-cut roses floating in water. The stems are twisted and tied around delicate blooms, creating bows that rise from the bowls. The rich cherry hardwood floor of Palme d'Or -- the opulent, awarded-winning French culinary te ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 29, 2014

    Slow Food Miami's Ark of Taste: Michael Schwartz Takes on the Everglades Tomato

    In Miami, much like the rest of this country, most people have no clue where their food comes from. Slow Food, an international non-for-profit organization that combats the standardization of taste and culture brought on by the popularization of fast food, is looking to change that. "Any time you c ... More >>

  • Dining

    December 19, 2013

    Miami's Food Emperors

    In 2013, locals took hold of Miami dining.

  • Blogs

    December 19, 2013

    Top 15 Restaurants Reviewed in 2013

    'Twas the year of chicharrĂ³n tacos and bacon-wrapped quail eggs, a time of fried alligator and pan-seared frogs' legs... Alright, enough poetry: Last year was a good year for eating, so now it's time to give thanks. 2013, thank you for the barbecued beef tongue at Gabose; the ridiculously deliciou ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 17, 2013

    In 2013, Miami's Food Scene Finally Blossomed

    The time has come: Miami is finally a fine-food town. The signs are everywhere. The 305 is home to coffee roasters, supper clubs, a ramen house, and a northern Thai restaurant. Sourdough bread is a thing. The word "local" is sprinkled on menus like pepper on steak. The city's beverage scene, once r ... More >>

  • Dining

    July 18, 2013
  • Blogs

    July 16, 2013

    The Cypress Room Keeps It Classy in the Design District

    The tale of the frogs' legs begins as you'd expect, but then it takes an unexpected turn. There they were, leaping through a mosquito-infested bog in the Everglades, when suddenly they resurfaced in a very different environment. Chefs at the Cypress Room, a posh Design District restaurant filled wi ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 26, 2013

    The Cypress Room to Begin Serving Lunch July 15

    Michael Schwartz's the Cypress Room will begin serving lunch July 15. At the fine-dining Design District establishment, daytime prices will be significantly more affordable than those in the evening. The restaurant, which opened in late March, serves filet mignon with butter-braised potatoes for $4 ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 22, 2013

    Michael Schwartz to Open the Cypress Room March 27 (Photos)

    Michael Schwartz is not a white-tablecloth kind of restaurateur. Michael's Genuine Food & Drink, his flagship place, uses placemats. Harry's Pizzeria, a neighborhood pizza shop, has bare tables. But his fourth restaurant (his third is an outpost of Michael's Genuine in Grand Cayman) has many white ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 24, 2013

    Michael Schwartz Grabs Former Barbuto Cook To Run Cypress Room

    Michael Schwartz has tapped Roel Alcudia (pronounced Roh-ELLE), most recently chef de cuisine at Jonathan Waxman's New York City restaurant Barbuto, to run the kitchen at the forthcoming Cypress Room, only a few blocks from his flagship restaurant in the Design District. Schwartz broke the news at ... More >>